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I chose this cruise to fulfill my bucketlist excursion to Tasmania AND New Zealand. Tasmania and New Zealand did not disappoint but the cruiseship did for a single traveler. Despite having been on Princess cruises with an active single program, this ship offered NOTHING for singles. On Princess You pay 200% as a single cruiser but you get nothing for the extra cost. The evening shows were often good with the orchestra and Princess dancers, but guest entertainers were average at best. The Christmas Eve show was very well produced and entertaining. However, the Christmas Eve show was magnificent. The service is sporadic by crew members. Cabin attendant was good at keeping cabin neat and in order, but unlike other cruises nothing extra, like towel animals, or cutesies. I feel this is due to the cabin stewards having numerous rooms to clean and no extra time for extras. Room Service and Ronald were super at delivering coffee and heavy cream first thing every morning as requested but room service menu has little variety. Service in dining room was from fair to excellent depending on wait staff working the table. Overall average service but the occasional table in open dining had a waiter who really made the passenger feel welcome. I book cruises based on where I want to visit, and then cost but if I was choosing by ship, this would probably be a last choice. As usual with Princess, you can find the same excursions online at viator or in port for 25-50% less. Again Loved Tasmania and New Zealand but cruise was lacking the special flare I hope for on a Christmas cruise (great decorations but lacking lots of holiday spirit!)

Loved Tasmania and New Zealand but cruise was something else

Ruby Princess Cruise Review by qxrobb

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I chose this cruise to fulfill my bucketlist excursion to Tasmania AND New Zealand. Tasmania and New Zealand did not disappoint but the cruiseship did for a single traveler. Despite having been on Princess cruises with an active single program, this ship offered NOTHING for singles. On Princess You pay 200% as a single cruiser but you get nothing for the extra cost.

The evening shows were often good with the orchestra and Princess dancers, but guest entertainers were average at best. The Christmas Eve show was very well produced and entertaining. However, the Christmas Eve show was magnificent.

The service is sporadic by crew members. Cabin attendant was good at keeping cabin neat and in order, but unlike other cruises nothing extra, like towel animals, or cutesies. I feel this is due to the cabin stewards having numerous rooms to clean and no extra time for extras.

Room Service and Ronald were super at delivering coffee and heavy cream first thing every morning as requested but room service menu has little variety.

Service in dining room was from fair to excellent depending on wait staff working the table. Overall average service but the occasional table in open dining had a waiter who really made the passenger feel welcome.

I book cruises based on where I want to visit, and then cost but if I was choosing by ship, this would probably be a last choice.

As usual with Princess, you can find the same excursions online at viator or in port for 25-50% less.

Again Loved Tasmania and New Zealand but cruise was lacking the special flare I hope for on a Christmas cruise (great decorations but lacking lots of holiday spirit!)
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Worst cabin ever. When you go to princess it shows pictures of room with area for sitting table and one bed. Beware... this is a CROWDED family room with 4 beds. Two beds hang from the walls, and even in folded up position they overhang into the room. I have a permanent headache still from constantly banging my head on the obstructing beds.
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